From The YouTube Blog comes news that YouTube is now partnering with Videomaker magazine to offer Webinar’s on basic video production techniques. YouTube is asking people to vote on the track that is most appealing to them to determine the first Webinar:
- Shopping for a camcorder: Learn what to look for before buying one
- Button basics: Master the most important buttons on the camcorder and how each of them works
- Light and filter it right: Creative tips on lights and filters that will improve the look of your videos
- Microphone techniques: Get the best sound from your mic with the least amount of hassle
- The art of composition: Simple composition rules to set your video apart from ordinary videos
- Smooth moves: Handheld camera techniques
These are very basic video production techniques but it will be interesting to see how far YouTube goes with this. They are already the #1 destination for aspiring filmmakers looking for mass distribution and have cultivated and grown their “YouTube All-Stars” base who create original content that amasses large numbers of subscribers and traffic. By holding these Webinars, YouTube is positioning itself to capture original content creators before they develop an affinity for competing sites such as Vimeo and Metacafe.
Will YouTube ever replace Film School? No. But from a filmmaking perspective, YouTube is quickly becoming a version of Film and Video 2.0 where the future of online film and video techniques can be found:
- Development of interactive storylines through annotated Choose Your Own Adventure Videos
- Collaboration with other cast and crew once YouTube moves to interactive real-time video (ala Ustream)
- Distribution through the YouTube platform and embeds
- Advertising & Promotion through Adsense on Videos and now on Adsense sites outside of YouTube
- Revenue through Adsense and, if you’re lucky, Motion Picture Film Deals. Yes, Fred someone got one..
These are amazing digital tools for any aspiring filmmaker to have and should help usher in a new wave of “Online Educated Interactive Filmmakers” from the Gen Y / Gen Z demographic set that grow up using them.